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Transforming the City, One Life at a Time 

Volunteers' Feedback On Poon Choi Celebration  

'It  was such a joy and delight for me to watch the string and singing performances with the seniors at my table and hear them share their experiences while eating poon choi. Wonderful experience!'
– Erin C

'It was an event filled with the work of the Holy Spirit. We had a wonderful time dining with the elderly and giving thanks to God during prayer time!' 
– Elizabeth C

'It was a well-planned and organized event. I think the elderly enjoyed it, and the performance of the volunteers was excellent!'
– Jess Y

'From the constant smiles and words of appreciation to the active involvement in games, to the performances, it was indeed a joyful event for us and the elderly. Praise the Lord for filling the atmosphere with love and genuine care!'
– Terri C

English Class Graduation Ceremony

Hope of the City sponsored 15 after-school English classes in Sham Shui Po between October 2015 and July 2016. These classes wound up in Jun and Jul, with 138 students graduating. The YWCA's mini-graduation ceremony was as exciting as ever, with many parents in attendance to share in their children’s achievements. Every student received a certificate, while outstanding students were awarded book coupons, sponsored by Hope of the City, as an encouragement.
The evening ended with a scrumptious buffet dinner, catered by Clubhouse, Manhattan Hill. Our thanks go out to them, as well as to our partners for hosting our English classes: J Cafe, J Life, Living Stone Lutheran Church, St James Settlement, The Hub Hong Kong and the YWCA.

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER NEEDS (Aug & Sep / on-going) 

Aug 27 Shek Kip Mei
Happy Mobile Shopping Fair
Monthly Elderly Home Visit
Aug 27 Ngau Tau Kok
Monthly Elderly Home Visit
Sep 3 North Point
Elderly Home Visit
Sep 9 & 10 Sham Shui Po
SSP Xperience 2.0
Sep 11 North Point
Family Outing – Making Mooncakes

Please click here for the full list of volunteer opportunities and registration.
July 2016 - Hope of the City Newsletter

 

Poon Choi Celebration

Our eagerly-anticipated Poon Choi lunch was held in Ngau Tau Kok on Jul 30. What an exciting day it was for 134 elderly guests and 82 volunteers from Hope of the City’s Elderly Home Visits programme. iStrings and iGlee set a joyful mood with their beautiful music. Then the huge bowls of steaming deliciousness were uncovered and everyone quickly tucked in.
 
With leftovers packed, all eyes turned to the mounds of lucky draw prizes – everything from electric appliances to grocery coupons. Cheers went up for each winner, and no one went home empty-handed, as there were take-home gifts for everyone. 
 
Thank you, volunteers, for your joyful serving! And special thanks to Ning Po College, St James Settlement, and their social workers, for making this such a memorable event.

Pool Soccer Has Nothing To Do With Water

Have you ever tried pool soccer? Neither had we, until our Family Outing on Jul 14. That afternoon, 18 volunteers from Hope of the City joined 24 kids and parents from the North Point Family Welfare Society for a time of fun and bonding. It all started with some get-to-know-you games at the centre, followed by a coach trip to Kwun Tong for a high-energy pool soccer tournament. What a blast, trying to kick giant billiard balls into the nearest pocket of the oversized pool table. Crazy fun – and harder than it looks!

 

Volunteer Tutor Shares Her Gifts With Joy

Franselaine Maghinang has been volunteering as an English tutor for Hope of the City since April. Every Saturday after finishing work, she hurries over to Yan Kei Church in Lai Chi Kok to spend the afternoon helping two secondary school students with oral English.

Even though she can’t speak Cantonese, Franselaine has bonded with her students and has helped them to communicate more confidently in English. In doing so, she also strives to inspire and bless them through her own life. Read what Franselaine has to say about her tutoring experience in our blog.

I-Scream Gelato Tour   

Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to visit an ice cream factory? On Jul 23, 19 kids from the YWCA got to find out how ice cream is made when they joined an outing to I-Scream Gelato. It’s not often that you see young kids so mesmerized by a production process – they asked lots of questions and eagerly volunteered to be taste-testers (with BofAML volunteers on crowd-control duty). The highlights of the tour? Making their own ice cream flavours, and trying many new ones, like coconut, for the first time. Thank you, BofAML, for making this delicious event possible!

 

Sin Por Por’s Story

As a long-term home visitor to the elderly in Shek Kip Mei, Jessie Lee has seen her relationship with one elderly lady, Sin Por Por, flourish over time. After learning about a medical need that Sin Por Por had, Jessie and her team jumped in to see what they could do.

Through their intervention, and the help of a number of others, Sin Por Por received the treatment she needed. What’s more, she learned that there are people who genuinely care about her.
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